Category Archives: Current News


October 2022 

SAVE THE DATE! The Office for Evangelization and Catechesis is delighted to welcome Mr. David Wells to speak to the Diocesan public on Tuesday, November 08, 2022 at 7:00 pm at the Cathedral Basilica of Christ the King in Hamilton.  Hailing from the United Kingdom, David is a world-renowned catechist, educator and minister that speaks from the heart with enthusiasm and great love for the Church.  David will be sharing with us his wisdom on the Church as the place of radical hospitality in a post-pandemic world.  More details will be available in the coming weeks. 

DID YOU KNOW…? Children in our Parishes benefit from the Catechetical Correspondence Program each year for ongoing religious education and preparation for the Sacraments.  We need volunteers to support the program!  If you are willing to accompany these children in their learning journey, please reach out to the Office for Evangelization and Catechesis at learn more about the Catechetical Correspondence Program, please visit: 

WYD 2023 – There are limited spots available to any young people aged 18-35 who wish to participate in the Diocesan pilgrimage to Lisbon, Portugal for World Youth Day 2023.  World Youth Day is a life-changing opportunity that gathers young Catholics from all around the world together with the Holy Father, Pope Francis, for days of prayer and celebration.  More information about this pilgrimage opportunity and registration can be found at 

DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE – CARITAS CANADA, the official international development organization of the Catholic Church in Canada, is celebrating 55 years of solidarity with our sisters and brothers in the Global South! Join in the celebration on Thursday, October 13, 7:00 pm-8:30 pm on Zoom. We will share highlights from the past 55 years, updates on our current campaign, and an invitation to join the future of this faith-led movement for justice. Click here to register! 

THE BISHOP FARRELL LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES is excited to announce that in-person programming with The Saint John’s Bible is back! If you are interested in having The Saint John’s Bible visit your parish or school, visit our website for programming information and booking details. Virtual and hybrid programming available, too!  

PARENTING TIP OF THE MONTH – Parenting Tip 143 – When faith is important to parents they sometimes worry that their children may drift away from the faith, as they get older. But there is important research that tells us there are ways to help our children to stay connected: 1. Demonstrate a strong faith yourself; 2. Live out the Gospel values in all you do; 3. Read the Bible as a family (and adding discussions about what you read helps too!). It may seem too simplistic, but it can and does work. The reward for your children will be the confidence they feel in knowing that they have a God who is always with them, guiding all they do. From: Family Ministry Office: 905-528-7988 ext. 2250.  

MARRIAGE TIP OF THE MONTH – Marriage Tip 123 – In October we celebrate Thanksgiving, a time to reflect on and be grateful for the bountiful harvest that provides us food for our journey and for the many other blessings in our lives. It is a perfect time to sit down as a couple and reflect on the “harvest” of your own marriage. What has fed you and helped you grow? What relationships have enriched your lives together? How have you grown as a couple? Are there things you need to do so that next year the “harvest” will be even more plentiful? When we are thankful for something we treat it with love and care and so it flourishes – try it and see! From: Family Ministry Office, 905-528-7988 ext. 2250. 

COME AND SEE THE EUCHARISTIC MIRACLES OF THE WORLD EXHIBIT at St. John the Baptist Parish, Victoria Road North, Guelph, until October 24, 2022 Please join us as we host the Vatican approved Eucharistic Miracles of the World Exhibit. The exhibit, which was designed and created by Blessed Carlo Acutis, features panels that each tell the story of a Eucharistic miracle and allow you to “virtually visit” the places where the miracles took place. PHONE: 519-824-7311. WEB:  

JOIN US IN CELEBRATION AS WE UNVEIL OUR NEW RESTART (FORMALLY LEVELS) PROGRAMS – You are invited to our Wine and Cheese evening as we unveil the two new programs being rolled out to offer support, education and fun for separated/divorced individuals.  Enjoy a fun evening, meet our facilitators and learn about our 10 week program and our ongoing support program, both of which will be offered both in person or on line. Bring a friend, or come on your own, to learn more. The event will be held at the Chancery Office (700 King St. West in Hamilton) on Friday, October 14th from 7-9 p.m. Call Sarah at 905-528-79088 ext. 2249  

or e-mail to register. See you there! 

MARRIAGE SUPPORTYour marriage does not have to feel like it is more trouble than joy, that it feels stagnant or disconnected and/or that it is causing you constant stress.  The solution is Retrouvaille – a program for married couples facing difficult challenges in their relationship.  Retrouvaille has one purpose: to help couples restore their marriage and rebuild a loving relationship.  This is a practical program, where sharing is not required except between the couple themselves, designed to improve communication, build stronger marriages, and help couples reconnect. It also works well for couples who may be considering separation or divorce.  The next Retrouvaille weekend is Oct. 21-23.  For more information call 905-664-5212 or email

GRIEF RELIEF – Has someone you cared about died? Are you grieving the loss of the person’s presence in your life? 

Are you looking for relief from the feelings associated with the loss of this loved one? Are you wondering if your feelings are normal? You are not alone! The Diocese of Hamilton has grief programs to help. Find out more on the Diocesan website at, or call Teresa at 905-528-7988 ext. 2250. We have programs running in both Waterloo and Hamilton this fall. 

STRUGGLING AFTER AN ABORTION? Either your own, or someone else’s? Do you feel alone, emotional, or angry? Project Rachel is available to help. This confidential service allows people to work through their feelings on an individual basis, with a trained counsellor, to find hope and healing. Please contact us at 905-526-1999 or toll free at 1-888-385-3850.